Even with our world’s recent surge toward promoting self-love and self-acceptance, posting a selfie on Instagram can still feel like a high-wire act. For example, for my best selfie, I apply a full-on face of makeup, look directly into an almost blinding lamp, and stick to my one favorite angle (I have found what works, and I will never change). And for celebrities with fans and paparazzi putting every picture under a microscope, all that stress has to be at least fifty-fold. So when one of them promptly says “Eff it” and posts a makeup-free selfie, it’s incredible—much like Gabrielle Union‘s skin in the barefaced selfie she just posted on Instagram.
But Union is a hero, we knew this. While she was promoting her hair care line, Flawless by Gabrielle Union, she outspokenly advocated for self-acceptance and loving yourself as you are. It’d be easy to take that with a grain of salt—I mean, she’s Gabrielle Union—but speaking to Glamour about her hair care journey in March, she explained it hasn’t always been simple. She said: “Over time I also got introduced to wearing weaves and extensions, and the immediate difference in the amount of attention I got was palpable. I felt like the longer my hair, the more attractive I was in the audition rooms.” Over 20 years later, she says, “I’ve finally gotten to a place of self-acceptance and recognizing that my natural hair is beautiful—and so is whatever weave I may wear. And that makes me a happy person in my life.”
Now it seems like she’s taking a similar approach to her freckles, captioning her selfie, “No filter, freckles galore.” It’s unclear if they were ever a pain point for the actress, but as the reaction to Selena Gomez’s “Fetish” video illustrated, freckles are something people have very many feelings about. Regardless where you fall, props to Union for walking the walk of self-acceptance that she talks about.
PHOTO: Instagram / @gabunion
Posted live from her aesthetician’s office in California, per her Instagram story, Union just got an Intraceuticals oxygen facial, and she legitimately glows (she goes to Glam Boutique Spa in Woodland Hills, California, so BRB, going to there immediately). Thank advancements in skin care technology: The facial involves 95 percent oxygen being shot into your skin to increase circulation and collagen production, and Union’s selfie alone is making a good, hard sell. If you can’t get to there, oxygenated face masks are the at-home alternative. Maybe while staring at Union’s photo with your fingers crossed, if you feel like it.
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